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Lammin Sahtia - Lammin Sahti Oy

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BA SCORE
79
okay

35 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Finland

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-10-2004)
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Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JTuomi
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a flat looking amber color with no head on top at all. The smell of the beer was herbal with some other odd aromas coming off of it. The taste is interesting, lots of herbal juniper flavors and other things that I can't honestly say I've tasted before. I can't really describe it. The mouthfeel was flat and rather bland. Overall I think if the carbonation wasn't so low on this one it'd be easier to drink and more enjoyable all around.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of stcules
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a plastic jug in the back of the bar.
Dark bronze color, veiled. No foam.
Cereal smell, yeast, juniper. Pleasant and intense.
Very peculiar. Bread, fruitiness, banana, apple.
The alcohol is very well hidden.
Peculiar taste, too. Banana. Malty, sweetness, then juniper and spices.
Anyway, good and interesting.

Photo of drpimento
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served with a large bubble, sudsy head the color of the brew which was a hazy dark amber. Aroma was spice, licorice, malt. Flavor is similar but butterscotch is present also. Plus a bit of tang. Body and carbonation are true to style. Finish is like flavor and quite long. Seems to be what a sahti is all about except for the butterscotch which I’m not a huge fan of.

Photo of hwwty4
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the One Pint Pub. This is a 2 day old cask straight from the Lammin brewery. This beer pours a murky brown with almost no carbonation whatsoever. The owner of the bar (and one of the brewers of the beer) explained that traditional Sahti should have almost no carbonation. The aroma contains quite a bit of banana, caramel and just a slight bit of juniper berries. Also just a tiny tartness is starting to come through on the backside of the aroma. The flavor is a banana bomb. Wow, I always thought that juniper should take the first seat but in this, it’s definitely banana. Juniper comes through with a bit of caramel. The tartness is a bit more pronounced then in the aroma. For as much emphasis as the brewer put in telling me that it is fermented with bakers yeast and not brewers yeast, I really don’t taste that much of a difference. Overall it’s a bit to much banana for me. I wish the juniper was a bit more pronounced but it really is a experience to drink 2 day old cask Sahti

Photo of tbeckett
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another Sahti in Helsinki poured from a jug in the back of the bar. Entered as a cask serving unless this can be verified. Had this one at Villi Waino in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Hazy dark brown pour. No visible carbonation and a ring of bubbles on the top. No retention obviously since there was no head.

S - Woody with berries and forest aromas. Medicinal and earthy. I also get a sort of hospital sanitation aroma. I always think Sahti smells very interesting and inviting as well as completely authentic.

T - Quite mild. All the same elements as the aroma with berries, woods, medicinal notes, and earthiness. A bit of a sour finish and more berries. All those elements were present, but in a tame form.

M - Light to medium body leaning towards lighter end. Feels a little light, almost watery. Painful lingering medicinal sweetness in the finish.

O/D - Not a great one by any means. Mouthfeel is weird and too light. Seems like it should be a little syrupy but it comes as watery. Taste is too mild IMO. Wouldn't seek it out at all and probably not a good example of the style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Bottle from Ginger Man. Pours a brown/amber with no head. Aroma is stewy with chestnut, pepper spices, and sweet apple. Flavor of lots of spices and some light fruits in the background. Rather quaffable. I rather enjoyed my first authentic sahti.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up as a curiosity purchase from the CBX.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with some floaters bobbing about. Very still. No bubbles, no head.

S - Cider vinegar, herbs - menthol and wintergreen, juniper.

T - Herbal, faintly medicinal, mildly sour berry finish, ends with a fairly pleasant aftertaste.

M - Flat, uninteresting, a little oily.

Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. No head or lacing at all.

S: Aroma of malt, berries and a slightly acidic quality. An oddly sweet smell.

T: Had a very pronounced acidic character, along with yeast, berries, grassiness, and malt in the finish. Taste was very thin and lacking. Could have better.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation (this is evident the second you open the bottle), with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied, with a grainy finish.

D: Not the most drinkable Sahti ever. Lacking in most departments.

Photo of jgasparine
1.25/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Poured from the bottle as an uncarbonated cloudy medium-amber color. No head. No lacing. A flat cloudy mess.

S- Smells of cooked vegetables and earth. Pungent, with none of the anticipated juniper, rye or straw aromas.

T- Tastes like cooked lentils, rotten vegetables along with some lactic sourness. The sourness is sustained in the finish.

M- A big thick body... and at first glance this could be a good thing... but this had the consistency of mucous.

D- All-around undrinkable. I consumed just enough to conduct this review. The rest was a drain-pour.

NOTE: Someone mentioned a freshness date in their recent review... I was not aware of such a thing, and unfortunately, my bottle was promptly disposed of at the bar where it was served... but I must assume that the beer I sampled was far-beyond the recommended freshness date.

Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks! He noted this was purchased from CBX in Charleston and was under the two week freshness period.

Pours a nice and dark orange-copper color with a wispy layer of bubbles that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells of deep malts with light caramel undertones. Also present are loads of earthy aromas - some twanginess from juniper along with other aromas best described as "woodsy".

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted malt flavors are joined quickly by "woodsy" flavors. Juniper and light spices all bound together with earthy undertones. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves juniper flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft yet ample carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is probably the most authentic sahti I've had (the other being Nogne O's interpretation). It's certainly not a bad beer but it's an obscure style for a reason. Worth a shot for the curious.

Photo of Keene
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sahtia pours a hazy brown or rust color without any head. Its pungent herbal aroma of pine resin and smoke tickles the nostrils immediately. The taste has a funkiness to it, and to some this drink may seem flat as it lacks carbonation.

Pepper, juniper, and what I can only describe as pitch dance across your taste buds in the finish, while a pleasant tartness clings to the roof of your mouth long after you've drained your last swig of this rustic brew. A good example of a unique style.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given as a gift (thanks Matt) poured into a tulip glass.

A- Cloudy amber. Flat with no head.

S-Gingerbread and rye. No hop aroma. Some bubblegum. Nice

T-Really interesting. Rye, Maybe a bit appley. No bitterness. Maybe a bit sweet.

M- Medium bodied. No carbonation. Can't find the 7.5%alcohol. Carbonation would help this beer a bit.

D-The lack of carbonation takes away from what is a really interesting beer. fun to try.

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle, $4.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley NY, they said this only has a shelf life of about 2 weeks and they had received it just a few days ago. Pours murky, darker brown, next to no head, no lace. No carbonation, no bubbles, no nothing. Interesting nose with notes of spruce, mint, bubble gum and white wine. In the mouth the lack of carbonation is quite evident, notes of jam, more spruce, mint, white wine and bubblegum. A distinct sour notes come through loud and clear as it warms up a bit in the glass. Quite dry in the long finish. Interesting to try but I highly doubt I would reach for this one again.

Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first of the style. I was told great lengths were engaged to keep this cold in transit as it goes bad quickly. Guess i have to drink it right away. An interesting look. Like an orangish ice tea. Some bubbles on the top. Quite cloudy. Smell is sweet and bubble gum like with a hefe like wheatiness. Taste is much like a flat hefe with a thicker feel. Banana and clove with a wheaty twang and more bubble gum. Some alcohol as well. There is a light tingly carbonation as it sits on your tongue. Still this has a somewhat syrupy feel to it. Goes down pretty nicely on a cold winter night. Not bad. Not what you think when you hear beer but not bad at all.

Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh as an import can be, a case just arrived and it was chilled. I was looking forward to a fresh example of this ancient ale style, as the Kataja Olut i've had was pretty terrible.

It poured a tawny, murky orange tea-like color, with a string of pearls along the edge, resembling "juice bubbles" and not actual carbonation from below. Almost looked like a flat Hefeweizen. Aroma of bubblegum, candy, mildly herbal or medicinal.

Artificial pink bubblegum, Bazooka Joe (thx Joe), saccharine sweetness, dry and wheaty. Not getting any Juniper really, which was disappointing. Fairly full bodied despite the lack of carbonation. This bottle was shared, and even then no one wanted to finish off the bottle.

For $6 it was a bit of a novelty and a letdown.

Photo of francisweizen
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruddy, muddy, orange brown. No head to speak of. Looks like darty swamp water in the glass. big ginberry junipero in the aroma. Juniper and spiciness, berries, and almost a suica like alcohol presence. Tasteis similar a bit hot, refreshing, cool, and unique. Twigs, berries, and other interesting flavor hints are there. Mouthfeel is a bit muddled and drinkabilityis decent, but I would not have this style consistently.

Photo of Midfielder
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finnish lesson: Lammin Sahti means Sahti of Lammi.

Lammi is a small village more than 100 kilometers north from Helsinki. The producer of one the most recognized sahtis in Finland is the Kääriäinen family. They produce beer and cider too.

Lammin Sahti is not the darkest nor the strongest. It is orangy/yellow and hazy. When fresh it is well balanced. Aroma is a beautiful combination of rye, juniper and bananas. I really hope you guys in the U.S. could sample a fresh bottle. (It can be tart but there shouldn't be any tones of vinegar).

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy. It is very fruity sahti with some traces of bakers yeast. Finish is bit cloying. Still it makes you want to have another sip.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer opened with a wisp of carbonation and then poured with carbonation, a welcomed surprize. The beer was cloudy and chunky with an amber golden color. The head was white while it lasted but dissappeared before I could start taking noted on the color.

The aroma was fruity and salty, yep, salty. The aroma reminded me of horseradish like is found in cocktail sauce. The horseradish aromatic was both interesting and strangely enticing.

The flavor was sour, but not overly so. The sourness was like the lactic acid and acetic acid you would find in homemade pickles. The flavor was also salty. Very interesting and a bit odd, but with the horseradish aromatic and a slight sourness and also a light peppery spice it was very similar to eating off a buffett, a myriad of aromas and flavors.

The finish was dry with a very slight and pleasant sour pickle into the finish. The body was medium or just below. A very, very interesting beer...err...Sahti. I'd have this one again!

11.2 ounce bottle. Thanks MABZ!!!

Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a very compelling beer this is. Ever since I heard of it in a past BA article as well as hearing that it was available in my area, I've almost been scared to try it. Not only because of the expected funkiness of the brew, but because of the delicate nature of the beer, which evidently must be kept cold at all times. It seems to have withstood the voyage from Finland to Iowa quite well, as well as an undetermined amount of time on the shelf in the deepest and darkest corner of the beer room of John's Grocery.

The appearance is quite different from any beer I've ever seen. It looks like fresh squeezed apple cider, just like Grandma used to make. Even the head has the same consistency as cider.

The smell is barnyard funky like a belgian saison. Saison Dupont, in particular, smells almost exactly like this, though this beer has a definite fruity edge over the Dupont.

The taste... after burying my nose in the beer for quite a while enjoying the finnish barnyard funk, I was expecting something quite similar to a saison with a light blend of a lambic; but holy shit! Instant pucker from the sour lambic berry taste. Tastes like a REAL funky lambic, as opposed to something such as Lindeman's Framboise. I haven't quite pinned down the exact fruitiness of the flavor, but it taste like possibly juniper and apricot. As it starts to warm up a bit, an acidic lemony zest seizes you tastebuds. It's quite a good taste, but the sourness and moldy funkiness is a bit off-putting at the same time. It is tough to say one way or the other whether I like it or not. I have drawn a complete blank as to how to score the taste of this beer number-wise. It is definitely not "average," it is "excellent," but at the same time, the funkiness is quite distracting me from enjoyment of the excellency.

...and as such, I rated the mouthfeel and drinkability quite low. The mouthfeel is, as I mentioned earlier, puckery sour. It finishes mildly dry, but the alcohol is not detected, nor is a noticable hop bite (I don't know if this style of beer even uses hops, as a matter of fact). I will probably try to seek this stuff out fresh if I'm ever in Finland, but if not I'll probably have to pass. I am very glad that I was able to endure this fearsome beer, however. It definitely worthy of seeking out for you lambic heads and otherwise exotic beer connoisseurs.

Photo of Higravity
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to be honest, I would love to get my hands on this beer fresh as hell. As it was I recieved this from Mentor who tried it in Feb so who knows how old this really is now. That being said underneath all of the funk is a beer that had fresh I am sure it a thing to behold. The color on it is like store bought Ice Tea mixed with a little OJ, no head or lacing and hazy as hell with lots of yeast sediment. It smelled of citrus funk. My first taste was like biting into a fresh pinnaple, it hurt and then smoothed out. I drank this beer slowly and as it got warmer more flavors evolved. I could taste the pineyness mixed with some spice that I have gotten to know as rye, the citrus flavor is like lime and pinnapple and a little tangerine, the funk is all over this beer. It has a solid body despite all the funk and is not overly carbonated. Cold and fresh is probably the way to drink this beer. If I had this not knowing what I was drinking I could be in a world of taste bud hurt.

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